Kyrgyz president creates US base oversight body

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Posted: Sep 13, 2011 7:36 AM
Kyrgyz president creates US base oversight body

The president of Kyrgyzstan has created an oversight body designed to ensure transparency of rental payments for a U.S. air base in the ex-Soviet Central Asian nation.

Roza Otunbayeva's decree issued Tuesday entitles the body to monitor payments by the base to the Kyrgyz government and the money's eventual use.

The Manas Air Transit Center was mired in allegations of corruption during the regime of former President Kurmanbek Bakiyev, who was deposed in a popular uprising in April 2010.

Commercial arrangements for the supply of fuel to Manas was subject of a U.S. Congressional investigation last year. The probe revealed no wrongdoing, but the final report expressed misgivings over the opaqueness of the system.

U.S. contributions to Kyrgyzstan's economy through Manas reached $123.6 million in 2010.